The GCU Running club provides an opportunity for students to get together with other like-minded students who are looking to reach their running goals. It is a great outlet to reduce stress and promote fitness while juggling the demands of studying and social life. No tryouts needed! No cuts! All are welcome to join! Training consists of two types of workouts: endurance and speed. Mondays and Thursdays, we meet at 4:45 pm at the GCU track to work on speed interval training. Endurance is the focus on other days, varying from five to 10 miles based on individual skill level. Sundays are rest days for running club. With this training philosophy, we prefer athletes be a few seconds slower and healthy as opposed to risking an injury.
Running Club practices are not mandatory but highly recommended to monitor training progress and fitness goals. We compete in local road races (5K, 10K, half marathons, etc.) throughout the Valley of the Sun. Participation in these events are not required; it is all up to you and where you are at in your training. Since we are a club sport, we have the ability to pick and choose from an array of road races and participate in collegiate cross country or track meets. There is absolutely no pressure – we want students to stay in shape while attending college and have fun while running!
Dues cover a team uniform, fees for selected races, and a weekly training schedule.
Pay Running Club dues here.
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Dr. Kimberly Sims is in her third season as the head running club coach for Grand Canyon University. Sims is no stranger to coaching at GCU after serving as head coach to the Lopes’ Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country program for six seasons (2007-2013), and as the assistant indoor and outdoor track and field coach for three seasons (2010-2013). The GCU Men’s Track team claimed the 2012 Division II indoor track and field national championship during her tenure. Prior to working at GCU, Sims was an assistant cross country and track coach at Cactus High School in Glendale.
As a student, Sims was a four-year varsity athlete in cross country and track while she attended Cactus (1984-1988). She attended Yavapai College for two cross country seasons (1988-1989). In 1988, her team was the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference champion, finishing first in regionals and placing 12th in nationals. Sims earned 2nd Team All-Region honors in 1988. In 1989, her team repeated as ACCAC and Region champions before placing 13th at nationals.
After transferring to Glendale Community College to participate in track (1990-1991), she placed 8th in the 10,000-meter race at the 1990 nationals, and a year later, ran the 5,000-meter race at the Mt. SAC Relays alongside Olympic athlete PattiSue Plumer.
While finishing her collegiate cross country/track career at the University of California–Irvine, a NCAA Division I program, she led the Anteaters to the Big West Cross Country Championship under UCI Head Coach (and 1991 Big West Coach of the Year) Vince O’Boyle.
Dr. Sims earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Social Science from GCU in 1994; a post-baccalaureate teacher certification in special education; a Master’s of Education in special education from Arizona State (1996-2001); and a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Teacher Innovation from ASU (2007-2010).
Dr. Sims has been a member of USA Track & Field since 2015, and is a competitive road racer. Her best recent half marathon time is 1 hour, 45 minutes and 18 seconds at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego in 2014.
Sims resides in north Phoenix with her fiancé, Jeff Weeldreyer; her son, Wyatt; and Weeldreyer’s two children, Jacob and Mikhaela.